“Capital of the European Union”, “City of Beer”, and “centre for architecture” are imposing titles to heap upon a single place. But millennium-old Brussels handles these accolades admiringly. Attractions such as the Toone Puppet Theater, where marionettes perform the opera; Belgian Comic Strip Centre, where Tintin is immortalised; and Mini Europe, with scaled down versions of the Brandenburg Gate, Eiffel Tower, and Houses of Parliament, draw hordes of tourists.
Brussels Airport will “Welcome [you] to Europe.” Time your visit for the Brussels Airport Trophy, where teams of five compete in sports such as karting, jet skiing, and fencing.
“There’s no better way to fly” to Brussels than via Lufthansa, flying in from London Heathrow. “Discover Flavour” onboard, with menus varying weekly, as premier chefs everywhere from South America to the Middle East guarantee only the best meals. The “Carnival” radio channel brings the party to the skies, with tunes from Brazilian samba to Caribbean calypso.
Flicks from Hollywood to Bollywood keep you entertained on “India’s finest international airline,” Jet Airways, which has a hub in Birmingham. You can get sports, travel, and cooking programmes with audio and video entertainment on demand.
Try Brussels Airlines from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, and Newcastle. It began operations in 2007, and hopes to uphold high standards in “punctuality, reliability, and value for money.” You can check in online up to 24 hours before departure.
British Airways jets off to Brussels daily from London Gatwick and London Heathrow. This “Airline of the Year” at the 2006 World Airline Awards, offers cheap flights with World Traveller economy class.
Reserve a seat on bmi, which has Brussels flights from the East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds, and London Heathrow. Expect a lot of leg room, as well as personal video screens on its Premium Economy cabins.